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Great until it hit 100k miles!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By chase2634
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2002 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Bought mine used in 2004 with around 30k miles. Aside from general maintenance this vehicle was great until it 100k miles.
Wheel bearings, cracked rear panel out of the blue due to design flaw and now at 150k miles the transmission is on the way out.
Just got the dreaded blinking over drive light and found out my new trans will cost about 2k.


Best Features

4wd when it works


Worst Features

Transmission, wheel bearings, rear panel design.


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BIG time TRANNY issues/Bearings also
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By tracydeech
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2002 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 2WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Mine was a demo when I bought with few miles on. Absolutely loved it for the first 6 years. 09 is or 08 is when I saw problems. The heat/AC went out. And then the wheel bearing started going (every 6-8 months one would need fixed) It has around 120k miles on it. Tranny died 3 weeks ago!-and on top of that 2 more wheel bearings need fixed on it plus tie rods. AND it is a gas guzzler! Its paid off but it is still costing me lots to keep it! So I have a LOVE/HATE relationship with my explorer. Goes GREAT in snow(only reason why I would consider keeping).I'm going for a more economical vehicle now.


Best Features

drives great in snow.. comfortable cabin.. love 3rd row seating for xtra people


Worst Features

make a tranny that last and figure out the wheel bearing situation.


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good in formula bad in practice
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By tompnoid
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2002 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Ford has built a truck with all wheel drive to help with horse power and grip when riding on wet roads awesome right??

no... a great idea in a lab isnt always practical in real life mine has 89k on it and needs a new transmission i went to a shop the other day and asked a guy about price said i have a 2002 ford explorer he goes wait look over there see all those boxes those are transmissions for 2002 ford explorers.
you cannot build a full time 4 wheel drive vehicle that is this heavy and have only a 4.0 l v6 powerplant.
this would of been a great vehicle with better gas milage and no trannsmission issues had they only put in a button to let u disengage the 4 wheel drive.


Best Features

dig the interior and radio


Worst Features

2 wd drive button stronger coil springs not stiffer just stronger mine broke after 2 months. transmission dipstick less bean counters more old guys in the design room


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STOP DOGGING THIS GREAT VEHICLE!!!!
9 of 30 people found this review helpful
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By woodysh7
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2002 Ford Explorer SUV XLS 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M)


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i am so sick of seeing so many people putting down this vehicle. i have owned this vehicle for a year now and absolutely love it. it drive great, performs flawlessly, i bout it cheap and feel good about the purchase all together. i feel that alot of people dont like this vehicle because they are just plain stupid and dont know how to get a great deal. so, please people . stop it now!!! i have had no transmission problems, no bearing problems, no electrical problems, no problems at all!! i think there are some ford haters on here just putting down the vehicle for no reason. this vehicle drives great, so go out and buy one today!! dont let all these haters on here make you believe their crap!!


Best Features

everything about this vehicle is a pleasure to be in. it drives great, the 4 wd will take you anywhere. transmission shifts flawlessly and my vehicle has over 160000 miles on the original transmission!!! original radio with cd still works flawlessly. power drivers seat very comfortable. vehicle still drives like it was like new. sunroof is a nice feature. get the 3rd row seat if at all possible. just a fantastic feature if you have kids. we have 4 and this vehicle hauls everyone very comfortably. dont believe any negative reviews on here, they are just ford haters!!!


Worst Features

only improvement i would suggest would be more roof height. my head is almost on the roof unless i lay the seat back some.


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Well is this it?
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By vue5531
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2002 Ford Explorer SUV Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I have a 2002 Explorer Limited, but I have the V-8 model, and all I can say is that I absolutely hate this vehicle. The interior is of poor build quility, it's not roomy, comfortable, or very attractive. I am 6'7'' and also have a Saturn Vue and it has so much more interior room.The ride is absolutely terrible. You feel every bump and crack in the road. The transmission has gone out twice since I've owned the car, electronics work when they want to. I think that if your going to spend near $43k like I did (brand new), you can buy so many other vehicles that are much better and cheaper, and with less problems. The only good thing is the power the V-8 produces.


Best Features

V-8 power, that's it.


Worst Features

A lot.


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